Well, for the first time since I started this blog over a year ago, I don't quite feel like blogging tonight. There is too much going on and I'm feeling lazy. However, I got a fair amount done today so the desire to share overwhelmed the desire to sit on my can and read a book.
Most of my gardening today either happened while I was playing tag in the sun with the kids. You see, my wife wanted them out in the sun for 15 minutes to get their natural Vitamin D. While I was out there, I couldn't help but be struck by the beauty of Owen's apple tree in bloom.
I've said it before but I sure hope this is a dwarf or semi-dwarf, because eventually it will shade out my prime extra growing space. You can see the potato bins in the background.
Then, as we were heading out for errands, mostly to wrap up shopping for Mother's Day and visit the hospital where some good friends just had a baby (Welcome Joshua!), I stopped by the garden. The temperature was pushing 70 in the shade in the garden area. I've removed the bed thermometer and put it back up on top of the fireplace bricks under the eaves. That way it's in shade and dry. Anyway, I wanted to remove the plastic from my hoop covers so they didn't fry. As it was, some of the broccoli looked a little toasty and some of the lettuce wilty.
What's worse is that for some reason, my Bloody Butcher tomato plant doesn't seem to be perking up after all that rain.
I sure hope I don't loose that bunch of tomatoes that was prime to grow before I transplanted them.
Anyway, before dinner I decided it was past time to plant my cantaloupe. I got the seeds too late to get a crop to mature, but that doesn't mean I can wait forever to plant them this year. So out I ran to position my final SWC. This one's the 31 gallon kind and should fit three cantaloupe plants if I trellis them. I knew I would place one half of the bin on a cedar tree stump, but the other end I didn't what I was going to do. Thanfully there was a cool flat rock that was the perfect height to even out the SWC. Here it is in it's final position.
Right after this I raced and dumped two bags of used potato bin Mel's Mix into the bin to fill it. Unfortunately I don't have a shot of it because I was called in to dinner and didn't get back outside.
However, after the kids went to bed I pulled out of the fridge several packets of seeds to plant tomorrow morning. I want to plant more carrots, spinach and radishes, though mostly I wanted to fill in the blanks on the peas. I have no clue why I have such bad luck with peas and beans germinating in my garden. It's wierd. Maybe you're not supposed to soak them overnight?
Speaking of soaking, anyone know if I should soak the Minnesota Midget Cantaloupe seeds or not before planting? I decided I would direct sow them since that's the safest method. I have 5 seeds left from Judy and need 3 to grow so I can save seed for next year. If only one matures, I have two spares, hehe. Wish me luck.
Happy Mother's Day to all you mother's out there!
And enjoy your garden.